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Jaleel White

Jaleel White is an actor and voice actor from the United States of America. Moreover, Jaleel White is popular for his role as Steve Urkel on the sitcom Family Matters. From 1989 to 1997, he appeared in the Family Matters series for nine seasons on ABC.

Early Life

On November 27, 1976, Jaleel White was born in Culver City, California, United States. He was born under the sign Sagittarius and he is 46 years old as of 2022. Moreover, his real birth name is Jaleel Ahmad White.

His father Michael White worked as a dentist and his mother Gail White is a homemaker. Later, his mother worked as his manager after his popularity.

Additionally, he holds American nationality and belongs to an All-American ethnic background. He had a serious interest in acting since the beginning of his childhood.

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Caption: Jaleel White posing with his father Michael White in his childhood (Source: Instagram)

Jaleel White joined Marshall Fundamental High School and South Pasadena High School for his education in the United States.

After that, he completed and graduated with a degree in film and television from the University of California in Los Angeles. Later, he enrolled for additional education at UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.

Relationship Status

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Caption: Jaleel with his daughter Samaya White (Source: Instagram)

Jaleel White was in a relationship with an actress Bridget Hardy and welcomed a baby girl named Samaya White in 2009. However, they broke up and couldn’t care about their relationship for too long. After his breakup with the actress, he has never seen any other women.

Recently, there was a rumor surfaced that he was in a relationship with someone and was going to engage. Moreover, the actor likes to stay away from any kind of rumors and doesn’t want to be involved in controversies.

Body Measurement

Jaleel White has black eyes and black hair with a height of 5 feet 10 inches and a weight of 79 Kg. However, there is no further information about the actor’s other body measurements and body physique.

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Caption: Jaleel body measurement (Source: Instagram)

Professional life

Jaleel White became interested in acting at a very young age after receiving advice from one of his pre-school teachers. At the age of three, he got his station TV commercials and appeared in several commercial rooftop brands as a child actor.

Moreover, he also appeared in the advertisement campaign for Jell-O pudding pops with Bill Cosby. In 1984, he made his television as “Van Van Morris” in the CBS sitcom “Charlie & Company”.

The show was a direct competitor to Bill Cosby’s incredibly popular NBC sitcom “The Cosby Show”. However, the series was canceled in 1986 due to the series failed to live up to the expectation, and ended involvement with the show after 18 episodes.

The producers of the American sitcom series “Family Matters” picked him for just one special appearance in 1989.

He played the character of “Steven Quincy Urkel” for just one episode but his role became popular the audience forced the maker of the show to make it a regular role. Additionally, he went on to portray a variety of roles in the series such as “Myrtle Urkel” and “Stefan Urquelle”.

In addition to performing in the series, he also wrote the screenplays for many episodes, including one of the series’ highest-rated episodes.

Besides his work on Family Matters, he also voiced the main character and protagonist of the series “Sonic the Hedgehog” in “Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog”, “Sonic (SatAM)”, and “Sonic Underground”.

Further Works

Despite his enormous popularity as a cast member of the program, he struggled to get regular roles after the Family Matters series was canceled. However, he landed another role in the American sitcom “Grown Ups”.

Moreover, he also wrote and co-produced several episodes of the show and also played the role of “J Calvin Frazier” or “J”. Additionally, he also appeared in small roles in films like “Big Fat Liar” and “Dreamgirls”.

Later, he landed a lead role in the comedy movie “Who Made the Potato Salad?” in 2006. Additionally, he appeared in famous shows like “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “Drunk History”, “Hell’s Kitchen”, and “Atlanta”.


Jaleel has the won Young Artist Award in the category of Outstanding Young Comedian in a Television Series for the show Family Matters in 1991. Later. he also won the NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress for the series in 1994 and 1995 respectively.

Moreover, he again won NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for the sitcom in 1997.

Jaleel White – Net Worth 2023

Jaleel has garnered a huge amount of money as an actor for several films and television and also as a voice actor. Through his work, he managed to garner a net worth of around $8 million US dollars.

Jaleel White – Social media

Jaleel is pretty active on social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. His Instagram account @jaleelwhite has over 817 thousand followers.

On Twitter, the actor has over 117 thousand followers. Additionally, the actor’s official Facebook page has over 1.4 million followers.